Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is a life-long autoimmune condition that is usually diagnosed in childhood or early adulthood but can occur at any age. In type 1 diabetes, the body’s own immune system attacks and destroys the beta cells in the pancreas that are responsible for producing insulin.  As the body needs insulin to survive, people with type 1 diabetes must replace this insulin every day.  At present, insulin can only be given by injections or through a pump.  Type 1 diabetes affects approximately 10 -15 percent of people with diabetes.

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes represents 85 to 90 per cent of all people with diabetes. The condition can occur at any age, but is most common among those who are overweight and aged 40 years or older.  Type 2 diabetes can be largely managed through through maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy,balanced, nutritious diet and participating in regular physical activity.  However, some people with type 2 diabetes will go on to requiring insulin injections.

What is Gestational Diabetes?
Gestational diabetes affects between 12% and 14% of pregnant women, usually occurring 
between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy. Usually, gestational diabetes disappears after the 
baby is born. 
At Diabetes Complete Care we understand that being diagnosed with GDM may be quite 
overwhelming so if you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, we can help you manage the 
condition in partnership with your GP or obstetric specialist. We will help you identify any 
changes to your diet and exercise regimethat is needed.  It will be important to monitor 
your blood glucose levels and we will show you how to do this. Sometimes, medication is 
also needed. 
What is Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME)?

DSME is about providing people with diabetes with the knowledge, skills and motivation to effectively manage their diabetes.

DSME is provided by Credentialled Diabetes Educators.

Credentialled Diabetes Educators are recommended by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association as the appropriately qualified providers of diabetes self-management education.

Credentialled Diabetes Educators hold a professional qualification in nursing, dietetics, medicine, podiatry or pharmacy and have completed post graduate training in diabetes education and management.

Credentialled Diabetes Educators are also required to participate in continuing education in diabetes care.

How do I book an appointment with a diabetes educator?

For appointments, call (07) 5338 7178.  Referrals may be faxed to: (07) 5335 1626 or sent by GP’s via Medical Objects. 

What kind of referral do I need from my GP?

Diabetes is a chronic disease and you are entitled to access a GP management plan through your GP.  Your GP can refer you via a Team Care arrangement referral that allows you to have up to 5 visits per calendar year with allied health professionals who are able to support you with your diabetes management. These visits attract a Medicare rebate.

Your Health Starts Here

Credentialed Diabetes Educator

[email protected]
Tel: (07) 5338 7178
Fax: (07) 5335 1625